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India vs Kuwait, FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers Highlights | Not a fairytale ending for Sunil Chhetri as India play out a 0-0 draw against Kuwait

India and Kuwait shared one point each after they played a 0-0 draw at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Skipper Sunil Chhetri bid his goodbye in tears.

Koushik Biswas and Abishek Goswami
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India vs Kuwait: Sunil Chhetri bid his goodbye in tears

Sunil Chhetri bid his goodbye in tears | Image: AIFF

The captain Sunil Chhetri bid his goodbye in tears after India and Kuwait played a disappointing 0-0 draw at the Salt Lake Stadium In Kolkata. Both teams shared a point in their fifth FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers match but a win could help India qualify for the next round. The Blue Tigers created some opportunities but those were not enough to claim the three points.

Read Also: Luka Modricโ€™s special message for Sunil Chhetri ahead of his final International match

India remains in the second spot on the Points Table

India vs Kuwait: Sunil Chhetri felicitated by AIFF President after Kuwait game
Sunil Chhetri felicitated by AIFF President after Kuwait game | Image: AIFF

The Indian Football team with 5 points from 5 games currently sitting at the number two position in group A and needed a win to have a chance to advance to the third round, for the first time in their history. Meanwhile, Kuwait with 4 points are sitting at the bottom of the table.

The Blue Tigers couldn't do anything significant to break the deadlock. They couldn't test the opposition shot-stopper much. Kuwait kept the possession but they too missed out on so many opportunities. Sunil Chhetri failed to contribute anything from his side and Igor Stimac's tactics are questionable too. He did make some changes in the second half.ย Manvir Singh came on and Chhangte moved to the left. A debut was handed to Edmund Lalrindika who became the first I-League player in five years to play for the national team. But, he also couldnโ€™t have any impact.

The Kolkata crowd pushed the players enough but nothing came out fruitful at the end.ย Now they are winless in seven matches and havenโ€™t scored a goal from open play in 645 minutes. The Blue Tigers need a miracle when they meet Qatar next in the final game of the round 2 qualifiers.

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  • Jun 06, 2024 21:29 IST
    Good Bye Captain Fantastic



  • Jun 06, 2024 21:24 IST
    We will miss you Captain



  • Jun 06, 2024 21:14 IST
    India 0-0 Kuwait | Full Time

    The referee blows the full-time whistle and it ends goalless in Kolkata. It's not a fairytale ending for Sunil Chhetri. Both sides share one point each but it wouldn't have been the case if India had taken their chances. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 21:06 IST
    Disappointing cross from Brandon | 90+6'

    Brandon tries to create something at the right flank from a freekick but it is a disappointing delivery from him as the floated cross goes out of play. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 21:03 IST
    Yellow Card for Edmund and Alenezi | 90+5'

    Edmund sees a yellow card for a fight with Al-Sanea. Alenezi sees a yellow card for reacting. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 21:01 IST
    Another opportunity wasted | 90+1'

    Brandon sends the ball inside the box as Rahim Ali tries to get a touch. However, he fails to collect the ball as Kuwait clears the ball. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:58 IST
    India 0-0 Kuwait | 90'

    Seven minutes are added at the end of the second half. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:55 IST
    Double Change for Kuwait | 85'

    Al-Sanea and Al Hajeri replace Aldosary and Ibrahim.



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:52 IST
    Substitution for India | 83'

    Edmund replaces Jay Gupta. Edmund Lalrindika makes his India debut.



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:48 IST
    Double change for Kuwait | 80'

     Al Khalaf and Alenezi replace Alrashidi and Abujabarah.



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:46 IST
    Manvir looses the opportunity | 77'

    Chhangte sends the ball to Manvir at the far post who tries to control the ball but fails to take the opportunity. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:43 IST
    Penalty shouts from Kuwait | 74'

    Anwar Ali makes a challenge, which brings Alsulaimani down. There is a big penalty shout but the referee waves the claims away.



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:33 IST
    Substitution for Kuwait | 63'

    Aldhefiri replaces Alharbi for Kuwait.



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:28 IST
    Comfortable for Abdulghafoor | 60'

    Brandon’s corner reaches Chhetri first, who fails to get a clean touch. Bheke then tries for a header at goal but fails to get a decent touch, as Abdulghafoor collects the ball comfortably. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:23 IST
    Yellow Card for Alanezi | 55'

    Alanezi sees a yellow card for bringing down Rahim Ali.



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:17 IST
    Brilliant start to the second half | 48'

    Rahim makes his way inside the box and shoots low but the Kuwait keeper gets down quickly to make a good save. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:15 IST
    India 0-0 Kuwait | Second half kick off

    The second half begins.

    Sunil Chhetri



  • Jun 06, 2024 20:10 IST
    Double change for India

    Rahim Ali and Brandon replace Thapa and Sahal.



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:59 IST
    India 0-0 Kuwait | Half-time

    It is all square at the Salt Lake Stadium as the referee blows the whistle for the first half. India created the chances but is yet to break the deadlock. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:55 IST
    India 0-0 Kuwait | 45+1'

    Four minutes are added at the end of the first half.

    Chhetri in action



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:51 IST
    Chhangte's shot is blocked | 45'

    Chhangte gets past his marker on the right flank. He takes on Alenezi and makes a run. Chhangte looks for a low cross but ends up delaying it and the cross is blocked. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:45 IST
    Shot off target | 37'

    Alrashidi shoots from a distance but fails to keep the ball on target. Gurpreet had his goal covered.



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:40 IST
    Colaco hits the side of the net | 30'

    Thapa swings in an excellent cross inside the box from the freekick. The ball is cleared initially but falls to Sahal, whose shot is blocked. The rebound falls to Colaco, who manages to hit the side netting. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:35 IST
    Free Kick for India | 28'

    Abdulah fouls Poojary and India has a freekick in a promising position. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:29 IST
    Kuwait is dominating the midfield region | 23'

    India are unable to control the game. Kuwait are controlling the pace of the game comfortably.



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:27 IST
    Special tifos for Sunil Chhetri



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:24 IST
    Shot off target | 14'

    Poojary’s cross inside the box is headed away but falls to Chhangte at the edge of the box. He cuts in and tries to curl the ball. But, the shot has too much power and it misses the target.



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:19 IST
    Big Chance for the Blue Tigers | 12'

    Thapa sends an excellent cross inside the box from the corner and Anwar Ali meets the ball with his head. His connection is good but he cannot keep his header on target.



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:13 IST
    Foul from Chhangte | 6'

    Alenezi and Abdulah try to move the ball, but Chhangte fouls Alenezi and he is down on the ground. 



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:10 IST
    It's a slow start in Kolkata | 2'

    Both teams are trying to play attacking football.



  • Jun 06, 2024 19:02 IST
    First Half Kick Off

    The first half begins at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. The Indian captain makes his 151st and final appearance in national colours.

    The Indian Football Team



  • Jun 06, 2024 18:53 IST
    The players are warming up



  • Jun 06, 2024 18:48 IST
    Father of Sunil Chhetri speaks ahead of his sonโ€™s final appearance



  • Jun 06, 2024 18:43 IST
    Dressing room of the Blue Tigers



  • Jun 06, 2024 18:33 IST
    Here comes the Indian Team



  • Jun 06, 2024 18:08 IST
    Here is the Starting XI of Kuwait

    Sulaiman Abdulghafoor (GK);

    Rashed Aldousari, Khaled Ibrahim, Hasan Alanezi, Meshari Alenezi; Redha Abu-Jabarah;

    Eid Al-Rashidi, Athbi Saleh, Faisal Al-Harbi;

    Yousef Al-Sulaiman, Mohammad Abdulah.



  • Jun 06, 2024 18:04 IST
    It is for everyone



  • Jun 06, 2024 18:03 IST
    Here is the starting XI of the Indian Team

    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK);

    Jay Gupta, Anwar Ali, Rahul Bheke, Nikhil Poojary;

    Suresh Singh, Anirudh Thapa;

    Liston Colaco, Sahal Abdul Samad, Lallianzuala Chhangte;

    Sunil Chhetri.



  • Jun 06, 2024 17:12 IST
    Possible Starting Lineups

    India:

    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK); Nikhil Poojary, Subhasish Bose, Anwar Ali, Jay Gupta; Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa; Naorem Mahesh Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Sunil Chhetri

    Kuwait:

    Sulaiman Abdulghafour (GK); Rashed Al-Dosary, Khalid El Ebrahim, Hassan Al-Enezi, Salman Bormeya; Eid Al-Rasheedi; Hamad Al-Harbi, Faisal Zayed, Azbi Shehab, Mohammad Daham; Yousef Nasser



  • Jun 06, 2024 17:09 IST
    Rui Bento's side is ready to take on India at Kolkata



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:56 IST
    Who is after Sunil?

    Sunil Chhetri taking about the next-gen superstars! @david_lhsa @edmund_ed7 @manvir_singh07 .....#IndianFootball...

    Posted by Sportz Point Football on Wednesday, June 5, 2024



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:55 IST
    Does not matter who scores



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:54 IST
    This possible win can change the future of Indian football



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:53 IST
    It is only about Kuwait and India



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:52 IST
    Head-to-head stats

    Matches India Draw Kuwait
    6 3 1 2

     



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:51 IST
    Current Rankings of the teams

    India: 121

    Kuwait: 139



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:49 IST
    Luka Modric's message for the Indian captain



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:49 IST
    Sunil's last dance



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:48 IST
    How to watch the match

    The Live streaming of the match between India and Kuwait will be on Jio Cinema. The IND vs KUW football match will also be telecast live on the Sports 18 1, Sports 18 1 HD, and Sports 18 3 TV channels in India.



  • Jun 06, 2024 12:47 IST
    Tonight's venue

    Salt Lake Stadium - sportzpoint.com

    With a maximum capacity of 68,000 for FIFA games, VBYK or the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata is one of the iconic and largest stadiums in Asia. Till 189, Salt Lake stadium was the largest stadium in the world.

     



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